Kansas City

Lyrics: Leiber, Stoller
Music: Leiber, Stoller

Bob Weir sang this a couple of times with the Grateful Dead in 1985, and more recently with Ratdog in 1996 and 1997. Note that it's the song that was a hit for Wilbert Harison and not the older blues song by Jim Jackson ("Kansas City Blues") which bears only marginal resemblance--see below.

It was also sung during a Garcia/Saunders set on 5 June 1974 with Alice Stuart on vocals (see below for lyrics).

Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
Got some pretty little women there, I'm gonna get me one

Standing on the corner, Twelfth Street and Vine
Standing on the corner, Twelfth Street and Vine
With my Kansas City baby now, buying Kansas City wine

Well the water in the city, well, taste like Georgia Pie
Going to Kansas City where it tastes like sugar wine
Going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
Got some pretty little women there, gonna get me one

Kansas City, yeah every night you gave me none
Kansas City, surely looked like they were done
You know they turned it around now baby, gonna scratch it, gonna run

And rock with my baby, rock with my baby, one more time
Rock with my baby, Kansas City baby one more time
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine

Well I might take a plane, might take a train
If I have to walk I will get there just the same
Oh, Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
Crazy little women there, I'm gonna get me one
The version sung by Alice Stuart with Garcia/Saunders is pretty similar (thanks to Matt Schofield for the lyrics):
Going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
They got some crazy guys that live there, I'm gonna get me one

Standing on the corner, Twelfth Street and Vine
Standing on the corner, Twelfth Street and Vine
With my Kansas City baby, buy Kansas City wine

I might take a plane, I might take a train
I might have to walk going to get there just the same
Going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
They got some crazy guys that live there, I'm gonna get me one

Standing on the corner, Twelfth Street and Vine
Standing on the corner, Twelfth Street and Vine
With my Kansas City baby, buy Kansas City wine

Standing on the corner, Twelfth Street and Vine
Standing on the corner, Twelfth Street and Vine
With my Kansas City baby, buy Kansas City wine

I might take a plane, I might take a train
I might have to walk going to get there just the same
Going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
They got some crazy guys that live there, I'm gonna get me one
The Jim Jackson song is completely different and goes like this:
I woke up this morning, feeling bad
I thought about the good times I once had had

I'm gonna move to Kansas City
I'm gonna move to Kansas City
I'm gonna move to Kansas City, honey why you don't like you

My mother told me, daddy told me too
If by the cramps in your feet son, ain't no friend to you
You oughta move to Kansas City [etc]

I got me a bulldog, shephered and two greyhounds
Two high yellows, three backs and one brown

It takes a rocking chair to rock, a rubber ball to roll
Nice looking [??] to satisfy my soul

T's for Texas, T's for Tennessee
Boll weavil gotten Mississippi, and the women wants me